Grassfires Putting Lives At Risk

North Wales Fire and Rescue Service says crews have been called out to 52 grassfires since the beginning of April.

There are concerns that lives are being put at risk, as most have been started deliberately.

On Tuesday night alone, fire fighters dealt with blazes in Abergele, Prestatyn and Holywell.

Kevin Jones, Arson Reduction Manager, said:

“The recent dry weather has increased the risk of rural fires and that it was disheartening to find that many of these incidents had either been ignited deliberately.

“Deliberate fires place tremendous pressure on resources, with our crews tied up for a considerable length of time trying to bring them under control, which in turn delays firefighters from attending life threatening incidents.”

North Wales Fire and Rescue Service says it’s working with police to combat deliberate fires in the area.

There are calls for mums and dads to make sure they know where their children are at all times - and tell them how these fires can put us all in danger.

Stuart Milington, who’s Senior Fire Safety Manager said:

“The recent dry weather has increased the risk of rural fires...

“...Fires like this place tremendous pressure on resources, with firefighters often tied up for a considerable length of time working to bring these fires under control.

"Quite often these fires happen in areas where access is extremely difficult and water supply is limited

“There is also the damage to wildlife, livestock and the environment, and the significant cost too the public purse of dealing with these fires.”

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